Jenkins' Ferry State Park

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Jenkins' Ferry State Park

Arkansas

(888) 287-2757

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Overview

In the spring of 1864, three Civil War battles took place in south central Arkansas that were part of the Union Army's "Red River Campaign." Arkansas's three state historic parks that commemorate these battles--Poison Spring, Marks' Mills and Jenkins' Ferry--are part of the Red River Campaign National Historic Landmark.

Here at Jenkins' Ferry on April 29 and 30, Union troops fought off an attack by the Confederates and, using an inflatable pontoon bridge, crossed the flooded Saline River and retreated to Little Rock.

The land where this Civil War battle took place was settled by Thomas Jenkins, who started the ferry in 1815. It was run by his sons, William and John DeKalb, until the Civil War circa 1861.

Jenkins' Ferry State Park features interpretive exhibits, picnic sites, a pavilion, swimming area and a launch ramp on the Saline River. The historic site is located 13 miles south of Sheridan on Ark. 46.

Map of Jenkins' Ferry (AR)

Latitude, Longitude: 34.212583, -92.546554

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    Take a tour through history by checking out the park's interpretive exhibits and witness the site of the bloody battle.

  • Picnicking

    The park has a scenic picnic area as well as a pavilion for group events.

  • Water Sports

    The park has a swimming beach along the Saline River, perfect for cooling off on hot summer afternoons.

  • Winter Sports

    Please contact the park for information on seasonal activities.

Directions

Driving

The historic site is located 13 miles south of Sheridan on Ark. 46.

Phone Numbers

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(888) 287-2757

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